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Mom, Dad, I'm an Atheist - The Guide to Coming Out as a Non-Believer [Paperback]

G. David McAfee , David G. McAfee
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Dec 1 2012
This essential guide to coming-out as a non-believer has been written to make it easier for atheists, agnostics, freethinkers, and non-believers of all ages and backgrounds to be open about their non-religiosity while minimizing the negative interactions in familial, social, and professional circles. As a survival guide for non-believers who wish to come out, this book provides advice and resources for those interested in publically rejecting religious dogma as well as real stories from non-believers who have experienced coming-out to less-than-supportive family or friends. Whether you're new to disbelief and looking for the cleanest possible break from your former faith or you're a lifelong atheist who wants to establish a sense of community with like-minded people, this guide provides useful resources including: tips for handling potential conflicts with believers, the author's answers to some of the most frequently asked questions on behalf of believers, and numerous references to support groups, services, and advocacy organizations dedicated to non-theists. From dealing with grief from a secular perspective to handling potential clashes in religious worldviews between significant others, this book offers multiple perspectives from non-religious individuals who have generously shared their experiences to help those atheists who may find themselves in similar situations.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great job once again David G McAfee! Jan. 12 2013
By Ateisto
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After reading his first book, Disproving Christianity, I was excited to learn that David would be publishing another. A concise, honest guide giving one the courage to finally be themselves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Guide for Nonbelievers Dec 19 2012
By J. Sciple - Published on
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I was thrilled to hear that David G. McAfee was writing another book. I love his concise style and his ability to articulate his thoughts from a very non-emotional perspective about a subject that usually stirs up a tremendous amount of emotions. This books offers real advice and real stories from people from various backgrounds that many nonbelievers will be able to relate to throughout the book. It's also handled with such respect that it wouldn't be a tough book to give to a family member who may be struggling to deal with your nonbelief. It can really put things into perspective and would help people understand where many atheists are coming from. In a time where religion is slowly fading and freethought is on the rise, this is a timely book and worth a read regardless of whether you consider yourself "out" or not. As David describes in his book, in many parts of the world (even in some parts of the US), this "coming out" isn't really just a one-time thing with family members. There are situations that come up in all kinds of social and professional circles where one is faced with "coming out" again and again. Kudos to David for another great read!
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a much needed resource! Dec 22 2012
By colordigits - Published on
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I use David's book 'Disproving Christianity and Other Secular Writings' to help friends and family who are confused about their beliefs, and it did a great job answering some of the moral dilemmas about christianity. I was thrilled to know that David would be writing a new book about 'coming out' as an atheist!

This book does a fantastic job of analyzing non-belief and detailing the many issues that pop up when a person decides to go public about being an atheist. I was surprised to real that David even advises some times its not the best time, or the 'safest' time to come out of the closet and he is correct. I grew up 'gay' and I have to say that coming out as an atheist was much more difficult than coming out as a homosexual. I appreciated this careful advice for some one who might not understand that it could be dangerous depending on the situation.

This book also gives examples of various outcomes from people who went public with their non-belief. This shows how different the outcome can be depending on the circumstances.

There are so many great things to say about this book and I fear that I will run out of space for the review. In short, this book is exactly what I have been looking for as a guide for some one who is on the fence about coming out. There are many books out there about atheism but there don't seem to be any that specifically tackle this issue. I can't wait to share this with all of my friends and family who have asked me the question "Should I let people know that I don't believe anymore, or should I just keep quiet?"
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent resource and guide Dec 19 2012
By Guy P. Harrison - Published on
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For many people, figuring out that the supernatural claims of religions don't hold up to honest analysis is relatively easy. It's the next step--sharing this conclusion with mom and dad--that often proves to be the most difficult of all. Fortunately, David McAfee has produced an invaluable contribution to all nonbelievers who find they must navigate that most treacherous minefield known as the religious family. With deep wisdom and sincere compassion, McAfee explores the challenges and suggests the best tactics, while also offering much-needed encouragement for those who may find the journey difficult. It is because he understands that the goal is freethought, self-expression, and the preservation of important relationships, that this book is a precious resource. Readers will also appreciate the solid list of resources found at the back of book.

-Guy P. Harrison, author of 50 Simple Questions for Every Christian, Race and Reality and other books
16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars No Solutions for the Insoluble April 15 2013
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In my experience, if you are telling religious people about your atheism, they will just keep bringing up inane objections (the subtext of which is always your inferiority) like a game of verbal whack-a-mole, and when they run out of inane objections, they will just start repeating them as if you hadn't already addressed them; then they will "pray for you." They will never integrate anything you point out to them into their view. They will just ignore it, and only brand you as being bitter and angry (devoid of the joy of gawd as you head toward the atheist void of meaninglessness and annihilation, no doubt). I submit to you that there is no best way to do this, as long as you don't lose your temper (the worst way). No matter what you say, you will be met with willfull ignorance and vicious passive-aggression; they will mentally drag you to the center of town and stone you; you will be the subject of secret conversations and you will sense it when you enter the room; you will lose their trust; and they will "worry about you," which is their way of constantly affirming their superiority, which they must do to protect their beliefs, which aren't nearly as easy to believe in when you don't scapegoat nonbelievers (they really can't help themselves).

Religious people suck, and I'm sorry, but all any book can really offer you here, besides ready-made arguments, is the sense that you are not alone. There really is no effective "coming out" algorithm to follow, so this book fails by making a false promise in its title. It has the reader looking for a usable tool when in fact all they are holding is an invisible pat on the back and some good intentions. That being said, if you are thinking about coming out of the atheist closet, you would do well to think deeply about what is at stake, what kinds of things will be said, and what some positive ways to respond might be. In this way-- as a primer-- as preperation for what probably lies ahead-- as a source of preemptive consolation-- as an emotional prophylactic-- I would recommend giving it a read, just don't expect to emerge with "The Answers."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative May 25 2013
By MD - Published on
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Very informative, very well-researched. The addition of real people's stories was very helpful. I definitely recommend this book to any looking at the problems of coming out.
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